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Man hangs self as UK asylum bid fails


A Zimbabwean asylum seeker who had been refused British residency sent several poignant messages to his partner in the last moments before he was found hanged.

Factory worker Bee Moyo (45) came to the United Kingdom five years ago, but was upset after having been refused a resident’s permit, an inquest in the Yorkshire borough of Rotherham heard last Friday.

He argued with his new partner Sibonakele Moyo and stormed out of the house saying he was going to hang himself from a tree in some local woods.

The hearing was told the father of six sent a series of texts in the early hours of March 12 this year to Moyo, who he had wanted to marry. He had accused her of having an affair which she had strenuously denied.

His first text, timed at 12.37am, said: “I’m going to marry the tree. Goodnight and goodbye and have a good life.”

The next text at 2.46am read: “Just getting ready. Tell my people.” At 3.21am he texted: “I’m sorry.”

Ten minutes later another message said: “Goodbye Sibonakele. Tell them what happened.” At 3.40am he texted: “Are you ready to tell the truth or what?”

After being alerted by Moyo’s partner, police mounted a frantic search in Ferham Park, Masbrough, shining powerful torches into the trees.
Officers could not find him in their initial search, but later located his body hanging from a tree at 5.57am.

Moyo told the hearing she moved in with her partner in December last year at his home in Cavendish Road, Holmes, Rotherham. He had six children, two in Leeds and four back in Zimbabwe.

Although they had talked of marriage he “seemed unhappy”. While she worked he had lost his job and he was a proud man.

“He was a good man and wanted to contribute. He thought his children were suffering. He took nothing with him and did not have a drink or take any medication or drugs,” she said.

Moyo accused her of having an affair and then he told her he was leaving to hang himself from a tree. Police found the body hanging from a tree with a ligature made of tights. Mouth-to-mouth resuscitation failed. Rotherham coroner Nicola Mundy said as well as his residency application being refused by the Home Office, Moyo was out of work which affected his self-esteem and he was unable to provide for his children financially.
Mundy recorded an open verdict saying there was a possibility that Moyo had intended to be found and resuscitated.

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